Malawi consumer advocate John Kapito has labelled President Peter Mutharika as Biblical ‘Pontius Pilate’ and Parliament’s opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera as ‘Judas Iscariot’ due to escalating living standards of Malawians.
Kapito said this in Blantyre before journalists as he lamented that the government was not doing enough to uplift the dwindling standards of people following the drastic surge of the cost of living.
“This is true for the Right Honourable Chakwera [Judas]. He has betrayed the nation of Malawi just because he has been offered the most expensive vehicle, the Prado; he has two body guards that are why he is no longer fighting for Malawians.
“He was supposed to be in parliament to defend Malawians but he is not doing that,” he said.
Kapito branded Mutharika as ‘Pontiff Pilate’ saying he has completely betrayed Malawians.
“The pirate said he had nothing to do with the Jews when they wanted him crucified. He handed over to the blood thirsty Jesus killers. Mutharika has done nothing to help Malawians. We have persistent food shortages, power is off all day, no water, our economy is on death bed, Mutharika has betrayed Malawians,” he said.
Civil Liberties Committee Executive Director Emmie Chanika who also joined the march called on Malawians to stand together and fight for their rights.
“I believe in the power of the people. Here the people have spoken and it is up to the authorities to listen,” she said.
Meanwhile, International Monetary Fund announced that Malawi had qualified for an IMF extended credit facility.
IMF Mission Chief Oral Williams said in a statement on Wednesday that Malawi had demonstrated a concerted effort to put the programme back on track, including improvements in public financial management.
Malawi has struggled to grow its economy due to declining export earnings from tobacco and in the absence of aid, which had previously accounted for 40 percent of its budget.
The IMF said it expects Malawi’s economy to grow by 3 to 4 percent this year after expanding by 3 percent in 2015.
But growth may be weather-dependent the Fund said, after an El Nino weather pattern triggered drought and heat waves, threatening the staple maize and other crops.
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